We try to have some structure to our homeschool. But doing things the same way everyday sometimes has its downside in my house. We need a change now and then. My little one likes to play games, so sometimes we throw game time into the mix when we need a break from regular school work. Here are some of our favorite cooperative and educational games:
Race to the Treasure! and Stone Soup – We got these as a gift from a Discovery Toys consultant who sold them through DT, but you can also find them on the Peaceable Kingdom website. Correction – I was able to locate Race to the Treasure! on the Peaceable Kingdom website, but I couldn’t find Stone Soup for some reason. These are both cooperative games where you work as a team to achieve a common goal. In Race to the Treasure! you have to try to build a path from point A to point B, collecting keys along the way. But you have to build reach the end before you turn over all the Ogre cards. Stone Soup is similar to Memory – you have to match the ingredients and put them in the pot before you turn over all the Fire Out! cards.
Fun to Count! Game: Count to 20 – This is fun for my preschooler because it teaches basic math and there are tons of tiny oranges. It’s good for my 1st grader because he gets some basic addition practice. You can change the rules and make it a subtraction game by filling the crate and removing oranges on every roll. The included activity guide also offers additional suggestions for using the game to teach different skills. This game is from Lakeshore Learning and they have a Count to 10 and Count to 30 version with Strawberries and Blueberries, respectively.
Zingo! – The bingo with a zing game by Thinkfun is fun for teaching pre-reading and easy-reading words and matching. They also have several version of Zingo! available including Time-Telling, Sight Words, 1-2-3, and Word Builder.
Scrabble Alphabet Scoop! – A different version of Scrabble by Hasbro for the young spellers comes in a bowl with 4 scoopers and word cards. The goal is to scoop out the letters to spell the words on your card. We play this in so many different variations that I’m not really sure I even know the actual directions anymore. I also use the tiles for spelling activities with my 1st grader. I give him 7 tiles and tell him to scramble them to see how many different words he can make.
What are your favorite educational games? We’re looking for some to add to our game closet so please share what you love!